Researchers around the globe want to investigate the minute structures of materials and their transient behaviors. The X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) Project is doing its part by accelerating electrons to 99.9999 percent the speed of light in a system that spans a length of more than 600m. The joint project between the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute and RIKEN, another Japanese research organization, measures oscillation and other parameters with a Tektronix RSA6114A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer, which provides both speed and memory capacity. The Tektronix analyzer will be used on the 60 klystrons which should begin operating in 2010.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.